49 of 50 States Now Enable Competency-Based Education

The Aurora Institute (previously iNACOL) released the updated CompetencyWorks map, a snapshot of K-12 competency education state policy across the United States. Since 2012, iNACOL’s CompetencyWorks initiative has published an annual snapshot map of the United States, categorizing states into levels at which their policy environments and state activities support competency-based education. In 2012, nearly half of all states were designated as having no policies to support competency-based education. Today, all but one state have taken steps to create space for or to support next-generation learning models, and most recent developments have been in California and Michigan. 

States are categorized as “Advanced,” “Developing,” “Emerging,” and “Not Yet” to signify whether the state has permissive, enabling, or comprehensive state policy to advance competency-based education.

“Advanced” means that the state has comprehensive policy alignment or has established an active state role to build educator capacity in local school systems for competency education.

“Developing” means that the state has open state policy flexibility for school districts to transition to competency education.

“Emerging” means that there is limited state policy flexibility and, usually, the state requires authorization for school systems to shift to competency-based education.

On the map, there are 17 “Advanced” states (in red), 14 “Developing” states, plus the District of Columbia ( in green), and 18 “Emerging” states (in yellow.)

To learn more about the competency-based education policy landscape and to view the map, visit: https://www.inacol.org/news/inacol-releases-updates-to-the-snapshot-of-k-12-competency-education-state-policy-across-the-united-states/

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